The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love


Extreame Savings Item! Save 43% on the The Underdogs: Children, Dogs, and the Power of Unconditional Love by HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio at Diaries Letters Stories. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. [Read by Christina Delaine]From two-time National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greene comes a profound and surprising account of dogs on the front lines of rescuing both children and adults from the trenches of grief, emotional, physical, and cognitive disability, and post-traumatic stress disorder.The Underdogs tells the story of Karen Shirk, felled at age twenty-four by a neuromuscular disease and facing life as a ventilator-dependent, immobile patient, who was turned down by every service


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[Read by Christina Delaine]From two-time National Book Award nominee Melissa Fay Greene comes a profound and surprising account of dogs on the front lines of rescuing both children and adults from the trenches of grief, emotional, physical, and cognitive disability, and post-traumatic stress disorder.The Underdogs tells the story of Karen Shirk, felled at age twenty-four by a neuromuscular disease and facing life as a ventilator-dependent, immobile patient, who was turned down by every service dog agency in the country because she was ''too disabled.'' Her nurse encouraged her to tone down the suicidal thoughts, find a puppy, and raise her own service dog. Karen did this, and Ben, a German shepherd, dragged her back into life. ''How many people are stranded like I was,'' she wondered, ''who would lead productive lives if only they had a dog?''A thousand state-of-the-art dogs later, Karen Shirk's service dog academy, 4 Paws for Ability, is restoring broken children and their families to life. Long shunned by scientists as a manmade, synthetic species, and oft-referred to as ''Man's Best Friend'' almost patronizingly, dogs are finally paid respectful attention by a new generation of neuroscientists and animal behaviorists. Melissa Fay Greene weaves the latest scientific discoveries about our co-evolution with dogs with Karen's story and a few exquisitely rendered stories of suffering children and their heartbroken families.Written with characteristic insight, humanity, humor, and irrepressible joy, what could have been merely touching is a penetrating, compassionate exploration of larger questions: about our attachment to dogs, what constitutes a productive life, and what can be accomplished with unconditional love.

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Manufacturer:
HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Category:
Special Needs
EAN:
9781504736169
ISBN:
1504736168
Edition:
Unabridged
Author:
Melissa Fay Greene
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Format:
Array
Publication Date:
2016-05-17
Binding:
Audio CD
Item Size:
1.25 x 6 x 5.75 inches
Package Weight:
0.6 pounds
Package Size:
5.2 x 1 x 6 inches

 


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